Mo­tor­cy­clist, 45, killed in High­way 140 crash

Wain­fleet woman charged with im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - KRIS DUBÉ

A 27-year-old Wain­fleet woman faces mul­ti­ple charges af­ter a mo­tor­cylist died in a multi-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion on High­way 140 in Wel­land Wed­nes­day night.

The crash oc­curred near Buch­ner Road at about 9 p.m., said Sgt. Kerry Sch­midt from the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice.

The mo­tor­cy­cle driver, a 45year-old Wel­land man whose iden­tity has not been re­leased by po­lice, was de­clared dead at the scene of the crash. His fe­male pas­sen­ger, also 45 and a res­i­dent of Wel­land, was taken to hospi­tal with in­juries ini­tially con­sid­ered crit­i­cal but which are now be­ing called less se­ri­ous.

“It does not ap­pear to be lifethreat­en­ing at this time,” Sch­midt said.

The OPP said as the ve­hi­cle was ap­proach­ing the in­ter­sec­tion at Buch­ner Road and High­way 140 it failed to stop as it ap­proached other ve­hi­cles. It “slammed into” the rear of one ve­hi­cle then swerved out into the on­com­ing lane where it struck the mo­tor­cy­cle, said Sch­midt.

The ve­hi­cle driver at­tempted to flee the scene on foot, said Sch­midt, but was picked up about one hour later by Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice.

Sch­midt said the warm fall weather had en­cour­aged many mo­tor­cy­clists to take their bikes out and de­scribed the crash as a “sad tragedy.”

Brooke Eden has been charged with im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death, im­paired driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm and fail­ing to stop at the scene of and ac­ci­dent.

The high­way was closed be­tween Ridge Road and East Main Street for sev­eral hours overnight but re­opened in the morn­ing.

JOSEPH C. BURD SPE­CIAL TO THE WEL­LAND TRI­BUNE

The scene of Wed­nes­day night’s fa­tal crash on High­way 140.

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